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Notes to KK10's Contributors

FRANCISCO BENITEZ is assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. His research interests are on the multiple and often conflicting formations of modern subjectivity and nationalism in the literature and film of insular Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a book project on the Philippine awit and the Malay syair during the emergence of print-capitalism in insular Southeast Asia.

GERALD BURNS holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. He taught at Wesleyan University and in the Philippines prior to coming to Franklin Pierce College. His research interests include: the history of education, representations of the Vietnam War in popular culture, Philippine literature, and place and community studies.

CYAN ABAD – JUGO is a faculty member of the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.  Currently completing her PhD in English Studies in the University of the Philippines, she has also studied English literature and children's literature in California and Boston before returning to the Philippines.  She has been a judge for several years of the Carlos Palanca literary awards, and has been a second place winner for children's short stories in 2003.  Cyan has published numerous stories, reviews, and three collections of short stories.

SUCHEN CHRISTINE LIM is the prize-winning author of Fistful of Colours, which was awarded the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize in 1992. Her fourth novel, A Bit of Earth, was shortlisted for the same prize in 2004. The Amah: A Portrait in Black and White, a co-authored play, was awarded the Short Play Merit Prize in 1989. Her other novels are Ricebowl and Gift from the Gods. In 1997 she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to attend the International Writers’ Program in the University of Iowa. She is the first Singapore writer honored as the University of Iowa’s International Writer-in-Residence in 2000.

PROFESSOR BIENVENIDO LUMBERA, one of the most multi-awarded Filipinos today, was named National Artist for Literature in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the development of Philippine arts and culture. He was Ateneo’s Tanglaw ng Lahi Awardee in 2000, recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1993, and winner of many literary awards like the Centennial Literary Awards in Playwriting in 1998. He is one of the Philippines’s most respected literary and cultural critics who has published books of poems, plays, librettos, essays, translations, criticisms, and who still mentors today’s better writers, teachers, and scholars. Detained during the Marcos dictatorship, he continues to be active in movements for nationalism, freedom, and democracy; he is national council member of the multi-sectoral Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and chair of Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP). He was Irwin Chair Professor of Literature in the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University, and now Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines.

MA. SOCORRO Q. PEREZ is a faculty member of the English Department of Ateneo de Manila University, where she is also currently the Associate Chair. She was appointed Coordinator of M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies in 2004, and was a pioneering editorial staff member of Kritika Kultura, the online journal of the Ateneo’s English Department. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines and has been awarded a Fulbright research grant (in affiliation with the University of Hawaii at Manoa) to perform research on Ilocano-Hawaiian short fiction, particularly those anthologized in GUMIL Hawaii. Her essay “Ilocano Writers of Hawaii: Invisible Stragglers” in Philippine Studies: Have We Gone Beyond St. Louis? edited by Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (University of the Philippines Press) is forthcoming.
ALLAN POPA obtained his BA in Creative Writing in Filipino at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University-Manila. He is the author of six books of poetry, two of which won the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award for Poetry (Morpo in 2001 and Samsara in 2002). He received the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Poetry in 1998-1999. He teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University.

CHARLIE SAMUYA VERIC is a PhD student in American Studies and a member of the Working Group on Globalization and Culture at Yale University. He is the editor of Anticipating Filipinas: Reading Bienvenido Lumbera as Critic (2006) and co-editor with Alice Guillermo of Suri at Sipat: Araling Ka Amado (2004). His recent publications have appeared in the journals American Quarterly, Common Knowledge, and Rethinking History.

LAWRENCE L. YPIL teaches literature and writing at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has published poems and essays in local and international journals and magazines, and has won first prize in the Carlos Palanca Awards 2006 for his poetry collection The Highest Hiding-Place.

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